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September 8, 1999
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The true discoverer of aspirin was not the scientist long credited with the achievement but his German Jewish superior, an expert on the history of drugs said Tuesday. Bayer AG, which introduced the analgesic 100 years ago, disputed the claim by Walter Sneader, a professor at Glasgow’s Strathclyde University. Sneader attributes the discovery of aspirin to Arthur Eichengruen, not Felix Hoffmann, long credited with the achievement. Eichengruen’s role was rewritten when the Nazis came to power, Sneader argued.

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